Apprenticeship Program: A Win-Win for the Community
The one year anniversary of the Foodservice Apprenticeship Program is approaching.
The apprenticeships, which can last up to six months, are designed to equip low-income foodservice workers with the technical and professional skills needed to advance their careers from entry-level positions to middle-wage jobs that achieve economic security.
"Partnering with foodservice employers is key to the program's success," said Matt King, Director of Employment Programs. "Often, employers may be short staffed or lack capacity or time to train people who demonstrate the potential and desire to move up the ladder. This program benefits both the employers and workers by giving employees on-the-job experience practicing new skills, while working alongside industry professionals at FareStart's South Lake Union eateries."
Each apprentice receives classroom training and individualized career coaching that provides supportive feedback, as they acquire professional competencies ranging from accountability and dependability to working as a team. During training, they receive a stipend from FareStart.
FareStart launched an information session every first Monday of the month for potential employers and apprentices to learn about the program. With new apprentices enrolling every month, the program continues to build. To get involved or for more information, visit farestart.org.